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Indigenous rapid reaction anti-aircraft missile successfully tested | India News


NEW DELHI: The indigenous rapid reaction surface-to-air missile system (QR-SAM), which is designed to intercept hostile fighters, helicopters and drones at a range of up to 25 km, was successfully tested from the integrated test range from Chandipur off the Odisha Coast on Tuesday.
DRDO officials say the QR-SAM will now have to undergo user testing before it is ready to be inducted into the military. India, by the way, has acquired Israeli Spyder QR-SAM units in recent years in the absence of such indigenous systems.
“The development of the indigenous QR-SAM is complete. On November 13, the QR-SAM system managed to directly hit the high performance unmanned aerial target ‘Banshee’, which simulates an airplane, “said an official.
“Tuesday’s test was to test the performance parameters of the warhead. The QR-SAM system precisely tracked the Banshee target and successfully neutralized it by using the proximity operation of the warhead activation, ”he added.
Defense Minister Rajnath Singh and DRDO chief Dr. G Satheesh Reddy congratulated the scientists on the second consecutive successful test of the QR-SAM system, which met all set targets.
The QR-SAM project was approved in August 2014 at an initial development cost of Rs 476 crore, and the first test was conducted in June 2017. The QR-SAM systems, which are mounted on trucks, include control systems and fully automated command, active array battery surveillance radars, multifunction radars and missile launchers.
DRDO has conducted a series of development tests of different weapons systems in recent days amid the ongoing military showdown in eastern Ladakh with China.
They range from a new Rudram-1 anti-radiation missile (100-200 km attack range), a hypersonic technology demonstrator vehicle (HSTDV), an extended range BrahMos cruise missile (400 km range), a ballistic missile Nuclear-capable Shaurya (750-1,000 km), a laser-guided anti-tank guided missile and a supersonic missile-assisted torpedo launch (SMART) weapon system.
While these tests were successful, a flight test of the Nirbhay land attack cruise missile, designed to have an attack range of 1,000 km, failed on October 12.

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